Aug 25–Oct 28, 2018
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Tree, Broken Tree

Dylan
Mortimer

Kansas City, MO

Missouri native Mortimer’s artwork merges questions of belief and revelation with a highly personal iconology combining biology, scripture, autobiography and art historical sources. His Open Spaces project began with selecting a tree within the KC Parks Department that died during the winter of 2017-18. Instead of its being hauled away for pulping or incineration, Mortimer has adorned the tree with a coating of metallic glitter, lending it a vibrant intensity that can be read as the reassuring glow of a slowly dying ember, or a symbol of the persistence of life in the face of death and decay.

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Dylan Mortimer

Tree, Broken Tree

Medium: Glitter and Paint

A dying tree that artist Dylan Mortimer has physically transformed into a sculpture by adorning it with paint and metallic glitter merges questions of belief and revelation with a highly personal iconology combining biology, scripture, autobiography and art historical sources.  In 2017, Mortimer, a native Missourian who recently moved to New York City, was the recipient of a double lung transplant that drastically transformed his life, as his lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis could, for the first time, take a back seat to his stdio work. Mortimer’s Open Spaces project began with his selection of a tree within the KC Park system that died during the winter of 2017-18; but for reasons of public safety, the tree finally chosen was living, but in its last stages of life. Envisioning the tree’s branches in the role of the lifesaving passages provided by his own brand-new lungs, Mortimer has provided the tree with a vibrant intensity that can be read as the reassuring glow of a slowly dying ember, or as a symbol of the persistence of life and hope in the face of death and decay.

The Village at Swope Park
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http://www.dylanmortimer.com